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    Devil's Backbone/Pot Peak Conditions 7/13/13

    Just a quick conditions report from last Saturday 7/13/13 at Devil's Backbone/Pot Peak in Chelan: good.

    Alright, maybe a little more detail:

    Got shuttled up Shady Pass Rd. (5900) from 25-Mile Creek campground. The road was in decent shape -- no snow, with a couple of chundery loose spots in the usual places. There was a small blow-down on the spur to the DB trailhead at the Handy Springs CG, but easy to go around.

    Devil's Backbone was in pretty good shape -- no more loose and rocky than usual. It doesn't look like there's been a lot of moto traffic up there yet, maybe because of the sizable double blow-down at about mile 3. There were also one or two trees down right past the lookout on the descent towards the talas field hike, but overall that DH was clear.

    Talas field sucked as usual. There was still a patch of snow on the top of the ridge.

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    Pot Peak was excellent! A little brushy in spots; but the trail surface was amazing and I don't think there was a blow-down for the entire 10 mile DH. It's always a bit loose and sandy; but it railed on Saturday. Again, it doesn't look like there's been a ton of motos yet -- many of the segments that are typically rutted out were in great shape!

    Didn't see anyone else out there with the exception of a couple of hikers at the very bottom. I did freak out a couple of quail mobbing the DH and spotted a deer or two, but no bears or other wildlife...

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    Stopped to pick up my beer in the creek, then spun the unpleasant upwind eight and a half miles back to the cabin.

    FYI, for those thinking about Safety Harbor/Uno Peak on the other side of the lake, Grade Creek Rd. (8200) from Manson to South Navarre CG is now open -- fire ops are all wrapped up and, apparently, the road wasn't heavily damaged. However, Safety Creek is running very high right now so if you try to do the full Uno Peak loop it might end up being a very, very long day hiking all the way back around unless you brought a block-and-tackle rig to ford the creek. Might be OK by this weekend, but definitely call the Chelan FS station for current conditions.

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    Hmm, I was camped at 25 Mile Cr CG last weekend and chose to hang with the family and go boating. I should have posted on here before I left... would have joined you for the ride. Thanks for showing what I missed.

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    Oh man...too bad! This is the second time I've done it solo, and it always feels like I need to dial it back just a notch without some backup...

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    Rad dude.
    Did you get any news on Uno Peak conditions? I recall it was in need of serious bucking last year....

    good bike porn, but where are the goggles and flavor-flav enduro timer?

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    Re: Devil's Backbone/Pot Peak Conditions 7/13/13

    So the photo I'm calling it:
    Bronson Manson.

    The Manson part: were all probably on something now...

    So how about that Bronson?

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    I like it. You can almost see the town of Manson in the distance too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM View Post
    Rad dude.
    Did you get any news on Uno Peak conditions? I recall it was in need of serious bucking last year....
    Good question -- it hasn't been maintained by the FS yet and I couldn't find anything from the moto groups about this year. It was a mess last season on the exposed ridge towards the end. Most of that was probably due to the freak summer storm they had in Chelan.

    I do know that the creek was running really high so the lower ford was uncrossable, at least as of last week.

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    good bike porn, but where are the goggles and flavor-flav enduro timer?
    Oh I was wearing them. And had Strava rainbow flames shooting out of my ass!

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